Unrestricted Free Agency 2009 IV

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Part 4 in a four-part look at those players who may have played their last game for their respective team and what a move will mean from a fantasy hockey standpoint.


Anaheim Ducks

UFA’s – Todd Marchant, Brad Larsen, Rob Niedermayer, Scott Niedermayer, Francois Beauchemin, Brett Hedican, David LeNeveu
RFA’s – Mike Brown, Erik Christensen, Troy Bodie, Brett Festerling, Brian Salcido, James Wisniewski  

Outgoing – The Ducks have already prepared for the loss of Scott Niedermayer and/or Beauchemin when they acquired Ryan Whitney and Wisniewski. The Ducks have already stated that they will match any offer for Wisniewski.

Of Fantasy Note – If Salcido signs a one-way contract and both of the aforementioned rearguards move on, he’ll have instant fantasy value. Wisniewski and Whitney’s production hinge greatly on Niedermayer not returning. If he returns, it hurts them.

Boston Bruins

UFA’s – P.J. Axelsson, Stephane Yelle, Martin St. Pierre, Mark Recchi, Shane Hnidy, Steve Montador, Johnny Boychuk, Manny Fernandez
RFA’s – Phil Kessel, David Krejci, Byron Bitz, Matt Hunwick, Kevin Regan

Outgoing – Not only are the UFA’s likely gone, but one of Kessel and Krejci have a strong chance of leaving too. Especially if both of them get offer sheets. There is no way the Bruins can match two offer sheets.

Of Fantasy Note – St. Pierre has always intrigued me, as most skilled, smaller players do. They tend to be written off by fantasy owners and then suddenly they find the right situation as they hit their mid to late 20s and explode. See Martin St. Louis and Steve Sullivan for details. If he signs with a weak team like Atlanta and is given a cheap one-way contract, I will be paying close attention to his training camp – and you can bet I will take a flyer on him if I’m impressed.

Carolina Hurricanes

UFA’s – Chad Larose, Erik Cole, Ryan Bayda, Michael Ryan, Dwight Helminen, Pat Dwyer, Dan Lacouture, Dennis Seidenberg, David Tanabe
RFA’s – Tuomo Ruutu, Jussi Jokinen, Jakub Petruzalek, Anton Babchuk, Bryan Rodney, Casey Borer, Brett Carson, Justin Peters

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